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International Conference on Communication in Healthcare ICCH
September 1, 2018 - September 4, 2018£185 – £710
International Conference on Communication in Healthcare 2018– the 16th International Conference on Communication in Healthcare (ICCH) organized by EACH: International Association for Communication in Healthcare in partnership with ACH: Academy on Communication in Healthcare. This international conference brings together teachers, researchers, practitioners, and policymakers from around the world working to explore and improve all aspects of communication in healthcare from a variety of perspectives.
The conference itself will set a friendly and communicative atmosphere for highlighting best practices and innovations in the field, exchange of ideas and networking. In addition to traditional presentation formats such as oral and poster presentations, symposia and interactive workshops we will include sessions on works in progress, innovative and creative formats, roundtable discussions, and national, language and discipline-based networking sessions. Participants will be challenged by our plenary speakers into considering new ideas in assessment, research, policy, and patient engagement. Special programming will be aimed at engaging the next generation of academics, practitioners and policy makers in communication in healthcare, students, and other trainees.
The 16th International Conference on Communication in Healthcare (ICCH) organized by EACH: International Association for Communication in Healthcare in partnership with ACH: Academy on Communication in Healthcare. The conference will be held in the beautiful and historic World Heritage site coastal city of Porto, Portugal, known for its stately bridges, medieval architecture, and port wine!
International Conference on Communication in Healthcare ICCH
EACH is a worldwide charitable organization and our overall aim is to promote effective evidence-based patient-centered healthcare communication between patients, relatives and healthcare practitioners throughout the world.
Our activities fall into three broad areas and are overseen by our three major committees:
History of EACH
EACH was officially founded in September 2001 by Prof.dr. Jozien Bensing and Prof.dr. Sandra van Dulmen from NIVEL (Netherlands Institute for health services research), Utrecht, the Netherlands in collaboration with researchers, medical educators, and practitioners from eight European countries. It was publicly launched as a not-for-profit organization in Patient Education and Counselling (2001, 43: 1-4) with the aim of establishing a multidisciplinary society for all people who are active in communication research and training. EACH transformed into a charity in 2014, with the legal status of a charitable incorporated organization. Please find our new constitution here.
Why do we do what we do
The rationale for all that we do is that effective healthcare communication is essential to high-quality clinical practice. Almost all other objectives in healthcare are mediated through communication between health professionals, patients, and relatives. The evidence-base behind effective healthcare communication and the move towards a person-centered approach incorporating shared responsibility and decision making is firmly established and adds to the moral imperative of a more equal relationship between patients and providers.
The overall aim of EACH
EACH is a worldwide organization with the overall aim of promoting effective evidence-based patient-centered healthcare communication between patients, relatives and healthcare practitioners. The association is meant for all who are active in communication research and training and for patients, practitioners, and students with an interest in communication in healthcare.
Our strategies for achieving our aim are as follows:
- promoting the development of healthcare communication research and education to improve the quality of communication in healthcare globally and hence improve the health outcomes of the general public
- enabling the exchange and dissemination of products of teaching and research within the community of healthcare communication researchers and teachers, to enhance the quality of communication in healthcare and thereby improve patients’ and relatives’ experience
- more widely disseminating knowledge about effective communication between patients, relatives, and health professionals, extolling best practices and improvements in education to comply with the changing needs of health delivery and increasing moves towards a person-centered approach incorporating shared responsibility and decision making
- developing an active network of researchers, teachers, and practitioners in the world, committed to improving the patient experience in the field of communication in healthcare
How do we do this?
In order to put these strategies into practice, EACH:
- organizes major international conferences on health care communication research and teaching to bring together the community of healthcare researchers, educators, and practitioners
- provides workshops, courses, and meetings on specific research and teaching components of healthcare communication for teachers and researchers
- develops and supports active networks of teachers and researchers through communication at meetings, via the internet, using web-based conferences, web-based solutions, and social media
- provides a dedicated website to raise awareness and share related resources on teaching and research with the wider community of healthcare practitioners, researchers, teachers, and patients
- collaborates with existing networks and associations, with similar purposes
- is affiliated with a scientific journal, Patient Education, and Counselling, to disseminate results of research on health care communication
- provides grants for researchers and teachers in the world without established healthcare communication research or teaching programmes to attend courses
- provides grants for young researchers to attend workshops and develop networks
- carries out site visits to countries without established healthcare communication research and teaching programmes to establish networks, and train teachers and researchers
- promotes best practice in healthcare communication with other local and national organizations